The world has too many numpties. Sadly too many mean spirited ones.

A self titled leading right wing thinker described Greta Thunberg as sounding like a modern day demon with her monotone voice and that apocalyptic look in her eyes. Spouting her dangerous cultish talk.

I’m not going to name the prat who said that. Let’s hope he just crawls back under his rock and disappears. Unfortunately we have members of our ruling governing party who publicly share that view. They can do likewise with that rock. They can keep each other company and I’m sure they will be happy together.

Let’s get this right and let’s keep this simple for the numpties.

Greta is a teenager with Aspergers standing up for what she believes in.

One of the common symptoms of Aspergers is although those on the spectrum may have a great vocabulary they may struggle to express themselves. Monotone vocal delivery, difficulty controlling voice levels, talking too fast or too slow and slurring words. This certainly applies to our son. It was more pronounced when he was younger. Thankfully we managed to secure some sessions with a Speech Therapist. Those sessions really helped. They started working quickly and it was good for his self esteem. This is unusual as often the therapy seems to take so long to see any meaningful positive results. Sadly it often feels like therapy for therapies sake.

We certainly picked up some things we could try at home

  • Breathing techniques. Breathing correctly is fundamental to everything we do. The argument goes if you can control your breathing you can relax and control everything you do. Take a deep breath then start to speak while trying to breath out slowly.
  • Singing to music. Find a room with some privacy. Play some loud music and just try to copy the singing.
  • Repeatedly keep saying out aloud some funny limericks.
  • Role playing. Watch some movies, find some interesting characters and then play act some of the scenes trying to mimic the actors lines.
  • Practice taking a few seconds to think of a line you want to say. Breathe then say that line. Then choose a different line and try again.
  • If you come across some words that cause repeated problems try to think of easier words to use instead.

And one exercise for us all. Let’s try to be more understanding. More aware of everyone’s individuality. That applies to everyone except for the mean spirited, narrow minded numpties. For them they can just sod off…..

63 thoughts on “Who let the numpties out

  1. Hello bereavedsingledad. Congratulations to Greta Thunberg. I did not know about her and on reading about her activism I am impressed. We keep talking about wanting young people to become involved and we cheer them when they do, well most of us do. I think something the numpties should try is to understand the reasons some people act or seem different. In this case had the detractors simply tried to understand the difficulties the young lady faced the last thing they would have done is mock her this way. Hugs

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      1. Hello bereavedandbeingasingleparent. I have never understood the mind set that makes it OK to belittle and mock those who are different due to something they can not control. No one wants to be the odd person out, the one who is not like the others especially as a kid. Well you understand this better than most I guess. But what is wrong with the numpties that they think it is an OK thing to do, especially to children? Yet they think they are superior when showing inferior behavior. Hugs

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  2. The world seems ripe with Marvel-esque villains at the moment and most go into politics. I hope Greta keeps sharing her voice with the world and that somehow, despite the rampant ignorance, the message seeps in.

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  3. First things first…. those poppies are FANTASTIC!!! ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€
    Great picture!

    Now, back on message. Well done for speaking out. And for sharing your learning and wisdom and experience regarding Asperger’s. ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m currently reading a book by Dr Norman Doidge – The Brain That Heals Itself. I think you would find it extremely interesting reading.

    Did you know that while we may be able to hear, we may not be able to hear well at certain frequencies. If we cannot hear very well in that frequency range it is almost impossible to talk or sing at those frequencies. The brain can be trained to better detect sounds and so can improve speech – and a whole lot more besides!

    As for the other… there may be some people who, for varied reasons, are motivated by malicious intent. Many more however, are simply ignorant, having never had relevant experiences so as to learn. As you say: let’s all try to be more understanding! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Except for Trolls! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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      1. It details several such cases, but it also gives excellent insight into just how incredible our brains can be if we actually understand them properly and let them ‘do their stuff’.

        The good doctor has written several books and two have VERY similar titles/concepts.
        I actually gave you the incorrect name of the book. The one i’m reading and meant to say was ‘The Brain’s Way of Healing’. The ‘other’ one is ‘The Brain That Changes Itself’. ๐Ÿ™‚

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      2. We’re beyond help!! ๐Ÿ˜‰

        Nahhh – that’s rubbish. You’re never too old to change your brain it is constantly being re-created – just some can be too stuck in (committed to) a fixed way of thinking about things and so keep refilling it with their same old thoughts.

        What i’ve learned so far is: There are many, many things that happen to us that can interfere with the brain functioning as it was designed to do and which can set us developing behaviours and brain patterns that can make it difficult when living the lives we might wish we could lead but don’t seem able to. These things can occur from early in our time in the womb, right up to what happened last week!

        The brain should go through many stages of development, with periods of ‘consolidation’ (rest) where we adapt to new behaviour as a result of the growth of the brain and it’s connectivity to the rest of our body. If things happen to us (such as disease, injury, stress or a confused understanding/not enough time to adapt fully before the next ‘stage’) this process can be disrupted and profound changes may become our ‘norm’ that we were not meant to have as normal.

        The good news is that it is possible to ‘rewire’ our brains – often using techniques that may seem ‘irrelevant’ to an issue so that our brains learn the way they were supposed to had we not had the disease/injury/ confusion etc. Of course, the earlier this can be picked up on and a suitable process found to overcome it the easier it will be to live the life we would prefer to live and let our brain operate the way it was supposed to.

        The other thing i’ve picked up is that our body is definitely ‘holistically’ (Shades of Dirk Gently) connected and our brain is both a part of the body and a representation of all our body’s functions – treating or ‘fixing’ a part of one can produce a result in the other. Our hearing is a vital factor affecting many other brain/body systems!

        (Eg. the soles of our feet and our eyes are both directly connected to a mechanism in our ears that help us determine our position and movement in space which can, in part, help us feel ‘grounded’ which gives a sense of security and comfort and makes it easier for our brains to feel more relaxed and less stressed.

        Feeding the brain sensory input of specific kinds (such as certain sounds, or even smells) can allow the brain to re-learn to function more freely, easily and without any ‘blockages’ that may be causing us difficulty in relating to our own self or others we share the world with.

        The brain is a very Big topic! I’ve only scratched the surface so far. ๐Ÿ˜‰


      3. Doidge’s book is a mine of information and there are people making great advances in the areas of understanding of, and helping people with, conditions such as Autism, Aspergers, Add, Adhd, Dyslexia, Pain management, Depression and Anxiety. (most, if not all of which, are to do with better understanding of, and working with our brains and not relying so much on drugs to ‘fix’ us).

        The problem is the advances seem to take quite a while to filter through to the general population of doctors and specialists who have been ‘classically’ trained. What was thought to be true or the case even as recently as the 1990’s has in many, many cases been successfully treated using a completely different level of understanding and approach in that has been researched and better understood only in the last 12-10 years.

        ‘Sound’ therapy seems to be particularly beneficial in many cases of people who have previously been thought of as having brain ‘damage’ when the brain has simply been insufficiently stimulated in certain areas that are necessary to form fully before we can learn how to associate with other people or to control our responses to stimuli.

        A key in this is the proper development of our brain connections to something called the ‘Parasympathetic Nervous System’ which amongst other things is responsible for keeping us calm and able to control our impulses and limit sensory stimulation/distraction.

        I’m no expert but i am learning as much as i can and can see some of the general and over-arching principles – they make ‘sound sense’ to me. ๐Ÿ˜‰

        I’m going to add more in a reply to one of your earlier mails. ๐Ÿ™‚


      4. If we correctly understand how our brain is formed (even from before birth!) there seems to be no limits to what it can achieve with the proper training. ๐Ÿ™‚

        Did you ever hear about ‘The boy with no brain’?? – true story, you can google it if you like?


  4. Iโ€™m off to learn more about Greta now. It sounds like your country has some judgmental blowhards, too โ€” if only there were a way to ship all of them off to their own continent where they could snipe at each other instead.

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  5. Greta is a lovely girl. And while she garners accolades on the world stage, the Numpties hide behind dusty keyboards spouting vile insults at a world they can’t even connect with. We know exactly who has soulless eyes, and it is not Greta.

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  6. These people are ignorant and harbour hideous unconscious (or even conscious) bias. Greta is, in spite of her age, a great leader an figurehead. Her focus and persistence will be something we all look back on with gratitude.

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  7. And always keep in mind that the reason this “self titled leading right wing thinker” is criticising Greta Thunberg’s delivery is because he is incapable of disputing the substance of what she is saying.

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  8. People can be so cruel. My daughter was just diagnosed with high functioning autism, but we’ve known she was different for a while. The way people act when she has a meltdown just kills me, things are so stressful enough without people being nasty.

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  9. The boys’ social worker at their school also recommended theater stuff to help the boys develop their abilities to empathize. When we can afford it, we’ll do it ๐Ÿ˜‰ In the meantime, I love hearing how much imaginative role-playing they do together. The biggest challenge is getting Bash/Blondie not to become bossie boots and ignore Biff completely….sigh…

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      1. Thank you! I know, I wish we had the money to do all the fancy camps other parents talk about. “It’s only two thousand dollars,” they say, and I think HOLY SHIT! You have that much to drop just on a summer camp?!?!? So we do our best. And our kids know it xxxxxx


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